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Next Steps Toward Normalcy

For the month of May.  As vaccinations increase and spread of the coronavirus in our region remains low, we plan to raise our worship capacity limits from approximately 33% to 40% beginning this Sunday, May 2.

That means we will be able to accommodate 640 worshipers in each service in the Worship Center, 200 in the Chapel, and 160 in the Multi-Purpose Gym.

Even as we increase capacity in each of our worship services (8:30, 9:15, and two at 11:00 a.m.), we will revise our pandemic protocols as follows:

  • We practice social distancing – touchless check-in, seating every other row, and at least one seat between households.
  • Face coverings are optional – some will continue to wear them, some will not. All are welcome.  Do what’s best for your situation – age, health, vaccination status, etc. – and show lots of grace toward others.

Of course, we will continue the livestream.  So, if in-person worship is still not wisest for you, join us each week online!

More changes on Sunday, June 6.  Assuming that vaccinations continue to increase and spread of the coronavirus in our region remains low, we plan to return to a normal Sunday schedule on the first Sunday of June.

That means our service times on Sunday, June 6, will again be what they were pre-pandemic:

8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship in the Chapel
9:40 a.m. Blended Worship in the Worship Center
11:00 a.m. Blended Worship in the Worship Center
Contemporary Worship in the Multi-Purpose Gym

It also means that beginning on Sunday, June 6 . . .

  • There will be no capacity limits for worship services or other programming.
  • Reservations will no longer be required.
  • Seating patterns will be at the discretion of the worshipers.
  • Face coverings will be optional.

We plan to continue the livestream at 11:00 a.m. each Sunday morning for the foreseeable future.

So, please make the worship choice that is wisest and best for you given your age, health, vaccination status, family circumstances, etc.

Details related to plans for specific age groups and ministry areas will be provided by our pastors and ministry leaders between now and Sunday, June 6.

Of course, we will continue to monitor the situation day-by-day, and should the facts suggest a modification to the plan outlined above, we will adjust it accordingly.

By the Lord’s grace, our church has remained healthy and strong through the months of the pandemic, and I’m convinced that the best is yet to come.

I’m very grateful for your partnership in the gospel.  It’s a great joy and privilege to be . . .

Your Pastor and Friend,

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